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New Programs Prepare Students for Changing Workplace

UMass Lowell Introduces More Degrees, Certificates to Ready Grads for Global Economy


LOWELL, Mass. – When students return to classes at the University of Massachusetts Lowell this fall, they will have several new degrees, certificates and concentrations from which to choose. 

UMass Lowell recently added new programs including a doctoral degree in criminology and criminal justice, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in peace and conflict resolution. New professional master’s degrees in pharmaceutical biochemistry, chemistry, polymer sciences and atmospheric sciences allow students to complete an advanced degree without a thesis. 

The new programs reflect changes that are reshaping the workplace and the world and will prepare students for 21st century careers with hands-on learning, exposure to cutting-edge technology and opportunities for international study. 

“UMass Lowell continuously updates its programs to reflect the shifting demands of the marketplace so our graduates are prepared to become leaders in their chosen professions,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. “Whether a student wants to pursue a career solving some of the most vexing political or societal conflicts of our time, or advance pharmaceutical discovery or drive innovation in laboratories or boardrooms, the new programs will provide the opportunities to get the education and develop the skills needed to meet those challenges.”

Also new this fall are leadership options for graduate-degree programs offered jointly by UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering and the College of Management in chemical, civil and environmental, energy, computer, electrical, mechanical and plastics engineering. The new degrees combine disciplines to allow students to get relevant engineering education and work experience while also learning critical business, communications and strategy skills. 

Some of the other new programs for undergraduates this fall include concentrations in the environment and society, Asian studies and supply chain and operations management. New interdisciplinary undergraduate minors will be available in joint military studies, peace and conflict resolution and work, labor and society. 

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UMass Lowell is a comprehensive, national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 15,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, education, fine arts, health and environment, humanities, liberal arts, management, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers.

Christine Gillette